Forest Lake Council votes to sue compost company
The Forest Lake City Council voted July 13 to start the process of suing Buberl Recycling and Compost, the company that was supposed to operate the Forest Lake Compost Site before its permit was rescinded ahead of the 2014 compost season.
The lawsuit draft included in the council packet accuses Buberl of breach of contract and seeks to remove the company from the site. It also asks the Washington County Court to make Buberl repay the city for the costs it will incur in cleaning up the city-owned site – costs the city believes will be considerable.
Buberl and Forest Lake were supposed to cooperate in the summer of 2014 on a Washington County-approved cleanup plan at the site, where Buberl reportedly dumped and stored demolition material not allowed under its compost permit, allegedly including more than 200,000 pounds of unauthorized debris in January 2013 alone. The dumping of the potentially hazardous materials on a compost site, out of accordance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requirements, caused the county to revoke Buberl’s compost permit and require a cleanup plan. However, after Buberl passed multiple deadlines to have cleanup done, the city began attempts to terminate the 10-year compost agreement signed with the company in 2011.